INTRODUCTION TO OIL TECHNIQUESOil Painting Classes Birmingham
Introduction to Oil Painting Class Birmingham
I’ve so often heard art students say how much they’d like to try oils, but don’t really know where to start, or feel too intimidated to try them.
The Intro to Oil Painting Techniques course, located in the beautiful surroundings of the Birmingham Midlands Institute, aims to gently introduce you to the materials used in oil painting and to show you how accessible and beautiful a medium it can be.
Once you try oils, you’ll never go back!
On the course itself I’ll get you familiar with using oil paints and mediums. I’ll show you how to make your own mounted canvas frames (canvas is notoriously expensive, so why not prepare your own?).
We’ll learn to prime your canvas for painting, how to do an underpainting in monochrome, and the technique of ‘fat over lean’.
I’ll show you how to lay out an organised palette, work with limited colours, lay down a tonal ground, glazing techniques, value studies, and of course the basics of colour mixing itself.
We’ll be setting up still life’s that are stimulating and contain drama. We’ll be looking at how to tackle a landscape, portraits, the benefits of studying a Master copy painting, and painting the figure using this most versatile of mediums.
The 10-week course will cost £250 in total (any returning students receive a discount), which can be paid in two instalments after confirming your place with a deposit of £100.
Unfortunately, I can only offer a maximum of 10 places for each class, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Although the course is suitable for students who have never previously tried oil painting, some basic knowledge or experience of painting, in general, would be beneficial.
All basic materials will be provided, including easels, brushes, palettes, and paints. Although a personal sketchbook is certainly not mandatory, I recommended it.
Oil Painting Course Dates
Wednesday evening 10 week course (18:30-21:00):
Start date- See booking page
End date- See booking page
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I choose a class or workshop?
I’m a first-time art student ― what class should I take?
Whereas the Intro to Oil painting class focuses exclusively on painting with this beautiful medium, it is also certainly suitable for beginners as well.
Is there a break during the class?
How do I register?
Are materials included in tuition prices?
As for the 'Intro to Oil Painting' course, I supply everything except I ask students to bring in an old rag so as to wipe your brushes while you paint.
What happens if I miss a class?
Where will the classes be held?
How long are the courses?
The Drawing and Painting Techniques course, in its entirety, will run for 12 weeks, although students can decide whether to book for 4, 8, or 12 weeks.
Is there Parking?
There is parking around the building itself which is free from 7.30pm onwards, £3 per hour before. There is also a carpark at Snow Hill Station and Ludgate Hill which is a 3 minute walk away.
Once I have completed the course can I book again?
How is each class structured?
I always provide plenty of feedback and individual tuition if needed.
Art Courses Birmingham Testimonials
I really enjoyed the recent 12-week art techniques course. We used Zoom, in view of the current coronavirus lockdown, and this worked very well. Peter is an excellent teacher and gave us plenty of individual tuition, adjusted for our various levels of experience. I hadn't ever done an art course, but I was very pleased with the range of techniques which I started using during the course. This has started me on a new hobby, and I am looking forward to taking another of Peter's courses.
I did the Art Techniques class on Zoom. Peter is an excellent teacher, . We had immediate feedback as well as detailed feedback on completed pictures emailed after the lesson. I am relatively new to drawing and painting, and apart from learning a lot, had a lot fun as well. I enjoyed it so much ... I registered for Peter's ' Introduction to oil painting ' class starting in September also on Zoom.
This course was a lifesaver for me and provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my oil painting skills. The expert instruction and demonstration delivered with such ease by Peter made the whole experience so enjoyable. Too much information I will need to enrol on a future course to process this one! Thank you Peter.
I wanted to draw and paint all my life, particularly as this was not part of school in India at the time! So I waited until I retired and joined Peter’s class. I have had the opportunity to try different mediums and techniques. I even dared to draw in a museum setting with Peter’s encouragement. I have enjoyed learning and continue to do so because the atmosphere in the class is very informal and relaxed. I never thought I would be able to draw and paint but with Peter’s help, I am thoroughly enjoying it. Peter is a passionate, interested teacher
Dr. Prema Iyengar
I have been doing lessons with Peter for over one year. Learning with him is quite fun but effective at the same time. Although he plans the topic for each lesson, he is quite flexible and allows people to go at their own pace. He is also happy for students to develop their own work during lessons if they prefer